Thursday, February 18, 2010

Iran vows to stand by Hezbollah against Israel

BEIRUT, LEBANON- FEBRUARY 14:  Hezbollah suppo...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

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TEHRAN,Iran – Iran's president on Thursday said that if the Israelis launch a new war against Lebanon's Hezbollah, the militant group should retaliate strong enough to "close their case once and for all."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments, in a conversation with Hezbollah's leader, were the latest in a heated exchange of rhetoric between Israel and Lebanon and Syria this months in which all sides have been warning the other not to start a war.

Speaking by phone, Ahmadinejad urged Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah to prepare his fighters to be able to retaliate strongly against any Israeli attack.

"The people of Iran will stand by the peoples of Lebanon and the region in this," he said. Nasrallah dismissed any fears, saying Israeli "threats will lead to nothing."

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